It will also be vital that this effort becomes a permanent part of the narrative for each country’s journey to EU integration. It should feature as a prominent goal at all stages of the EU/Western Balkan agenda, whether in the context of the Berlin process or of future EU/Western Balkan summits following the one scheduled for Sofia in May, which will hopefully herald a new momentum in the EU’s re engagement with the Western Balkan region.
The European Parliament should, as part of this effort, play a pro active role, by, for example, establishing a network of “Friends of Reconciliation”. Through this network the main political parties present there could promote with their sister parties in the Western Balkan region a more mature political dialogue, respect for democratic standards and greater efforts towards reconciliation within the region. Leadership in the region and perseverance will be critical if success is to be achieved.
(Published on the site Civil Society Forum, 26.2.2018.)